The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has told Citi Business News it would recall all cylinders currently in use with the full implementation of the cylinder recirculation model.
The CEO of the NPA, Hassan Tampuli explains that the plan is to regulate the program and improve standards.
“There is a stage in the implementation regime; the total cylinder recall. We will recall cylinders in the system and we will trade them off and then we will retire cylinders which do not meet the safety parameters,” he told Citi Business News at the NPA’s downstream colloquium on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
The cylinder recirculation model has become apparent due to efforts to avert fire disasters at fuel refill stations.
The program also comes on the back of a cabinet decision arrived at in October last year after the fire disaster (gas explosion) at a fuel station at Atomic Junction in the Greater Accra region in October.
Under the model, LPG Bottling Plants will be sited away from congested commercial and population centers and will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets.
Mr. Tampuli maintains the recall which will commence by the end of this year, will be done gradually.
According to him, this is to ensure that the marketing companies are not faced with any challenge of possible shortage of cylinders with the rolling out of the program.
“The cylinder will be procured, owned and branded by the (LPG) marketing companies. So a customer will only have to take an empty cylinder to a retail outlet and get a filled one. If you want any size – if you want 3 kilos, 6 kilos, 9 kilos, 12 kilos; depending on the depth of your pocket, you can get any cylinder that you want that will meet your pocket.”